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Signs of Dust Mites In Your Mattress and Other Furniture

Do you or someone you know have dust mites? How do you know? Do they wake up every morning complaining about swollen itchy eyes following a night of constant unrest? This is just one of the symptoms resulting from dust mite infestation. If the problem is allowed to exist without any treatment, the problems could get worse. Below is a list of possible signs and effects of a dust mite infestation in a mattress and/or other indoor household areas. The symptoms directly linked to hypersensitivity to the proteins in the dust mites’ excretions. These proteins move into your respiratory passages which causes the allergies many experience as well as asthma and hay fever. They feed off of organic fibers as well as human skin.

Symptoms include:
- Conjunctivitis, inflammation of the sclera and inner eyelids.
- Hay fever, runny nose, sneezing.
- Skin irritation and itchiness.
- Difficulty in breathing, or asthma.
- Dark circles under eyes, or allergic shiners.

Other symptoms:
- Infantile eczema, long term inflammation and skin irritation.
- Bronchitis
- Sinus infection
- Dermatitis
- These symptoms can all be worsened if there is smoke, car fumes or other air pollutants present.

What can you do to avoid hypersensitivity to dust mites?

- Have as little dust mite-friendly furniture as possibly. Why not try a memory foam mattress instead of the traditional mattress? The visco foam helps prevent dust mites by simply giving them no food such as cotton or woolen fibers inside the mattress to feed off of.
- Clean the walls and floors of the rooms in the house.
- Try a dust mite and allergen resistant cover for your mattress. Use bedding that can be washed often.
- Avoid furniture where dust mites can survive. Try memory foam, wood or plastic.
- Vacuum the household twice a week, or even daily.
- Prevent ‘dust farms’ in plants, corners of rooms and so forth.
- Washing the bedding at temperatures of 130 degrees Fahrenheit can kill what dust mites are on the sheets.
- Leaving the bedding hanging outside also has been known to help prevent dust mites.
- Put pillows and duvets in the freezer for 24 hours once a month. The freezer’s dryness kills the dust mites, not the freezing temperatures.
- Use a dehumidifier. Dust mites and other allergens survive in humid climates.
If you are experiencing any of the dust mite symptoms regularly, then it would be a good idea to take care of the problem as soon as you can as dust mite allergies can develop into asthma.

How do I treat dust mite allergies?

Some doctors offer hyper sensitization vaccinations to help treat your hypersensitivity.
Medicines include*:
- Antihistamine tablets, relieving hay fever symptoms.
- Nasal sprays or drops that contain sodium cromoglicate, or antihistamines
- Eye drops that contain sodium cromoglicate, nedocromil, or antihistamines

*Please consult your doctor first for medical consultations for these as well as more relievers and preventers, such as corticosteroids.

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